Affiliate Summit Day Three – Meet Market Day
So now that you have all the details about the first two days leading up to Affiliate Summit you are probably busting at the seems to read about the actual show. Before we get to that I have to tell you about my lack of sleep the night before. The dump of a hotel we stayed in also seemed to attract all the outside elements. We got back to the Hotel a little after midnight and Debbie fell asleep right away. I on the other hand had a restless night sleep between the gas like pain in my stomach and the combination of firetrucks, garbage trucks and the two hour fight between a bunch of women right under our window I figure I slept for 1/2 hour. Not a good way to start off the show for sure.
We get up and shower and grab the laptops and head to the hotel. We stop off at the 53rd street deli for some breakfast. We meet up with Joe Sousa again (hmm How does he always know where I am eating lol) anyway I am glad we found Joe because we have boxes in his room that we need for the show. We eat and Joe helps us get the boxes out of his room (Thanks again Joe). We start setting up on the Meet Market floor I am manning the Raven Tools table with Jon Henshaw, Debbie is over with CorpNet Incorporation Services table with Nellie and Amanda. Affiliates are starting to enter the room and we spend the next 6 hours meeting affiliates and making great connections.
The Meet market was a big success and packing up was an adventure as finding the business center and getting our leftover stuff there was a task in itself. Auggie and Shawn from Infinite Traffic help out and get a bellman and I carried everything else near the bloggers lounge where we had to do the new comer program welcome with Jen Goode. By this time I am exhausted and I am sure glad they had beverages there. Think I drank two gallons of water, this pain in my stomach is not going away but it wasn't enough to stop me. I would call it more of an annoyance then anything.
We finish with the newcomer gathering and Jen was nice enough to let us put our stuff in her room so I don't have to lug it to the dump hotel.(Thanks Jen)After lugging up the stuff it is time to head over to the Shareasale party. I finally get to relax and have a drink or two but wait we didn't have dinner. We get out of the cab and the line to get up to the party was long. Lucky for us there is a great restaurant called P.J. Clarkes here and Debbie and I sneak in and have a nice dinner. Even though I had a pain in my stomach I never lost my appetite. We finish up and head upstairs and had a great time. The Shareasale people really know how to throw a good party. This location is good because it gives people a place to get away from the blasting music and head outside so they can talk. I finally get a chance to meet @pearsonified who designed the Thesis Theme for WordPress which I use on all my sites. We have only been to the same conferences about 5 times but never met. Thanks Derek for making that happen.
After the party we all hop in cabs and head back to the Old Castle pub. The place gets packed in a hurry as word is out that the prices are much better then the Hilton bar. I meet my buddy Faisal from England who I have not seen in over 5 years. That was a great surprise and made my whole summit worth it. We hang out a bit and catch up and it starts getting late so we call it a night. Back to the dump hotel for the night, can't believe I did all this on 1/2 hour sleep. Hopefully there will be no cat fights outside our window tonight.
Now on to Day four of Affiliate Summit.